Virginia State Record Yellow Perch
The State Record Fish Committee of the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries has certified a new state record yellow perch caught by Mr. George L. Mullins of Haysi, Virginia. The 3-pound monster was caught on March 8th from Flannagan Reservoir, an unexpected location for this species. Yellow perch have never officially been stocked in Flannagan, and in fact, Mr. Mullins, who regularly fishes the lake, wasn’t sure what he had at first for that very reason. He was fishing with a live minnow in hopes of catching a crappie, bass, or walleye. This was a large female that was full off eggs, and it measured 16.5 inches in length and had a huge girth of more than 13 inches. This breaks the previous record of 2 pounds, 7 ounces that was caught from Lake Moomaw and had stood since 1999. For a complete list of the current State Record Freshwater Fish, visit the Department’s website.